UNION, Mo. (AP) — It will be another month before an eastern Missouri man faces sentencing for killing his girlfriend and chopping up her body, then putting the remains in a trash bin.

The Washington Missourian reports that a judge this week continued the sentencing case for 39-year-old Vernell Loggins Jr., of Pacific, to April 17. He was found guilty of first-degree murder in February in the killing of 25-year-old Stephanie Fields.

Maintenance workers in 2009 found the woman’s body in a trash bin at Loggins’ apartment complex. Her head and forearms had been cut off and were not in the trash bin.

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